Angelo Needs to Target These Picks

Bear Report assembled three mocks to show fans who the Chicago Bears COULD select in the 2010 NFL Draft. Now, on the eve of Round 1, it's time for JC to tell Jerry Angelo who he SHOULD select.

Round 3: No. 75

Vanderbilt CB Myron Lewis (6-2, 203)

Even though Lewis played cornerback for the Commodores, he projects quite well to the free safety position because of his size, speed and ball skills. The Bears are simply out of options at free safety, and with reports surfacing that Danieal Manning has been getting first-team reps there during voluntary workouts, this is priority No. 1 for Lovie Smith right now. Sure, Julius Peppers is going to help the secondary, but a center fielder has been missing for too long.

Backup plan: Illinois G Jon Asamoah

Round 4: No. 109

Alabama G Mike Johnson (6-5, 312)

Paving the way for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram all the way to a national championship last season, Johnson started 41 consecutive ballgames for the Crimson Tide at all four exterior offensive line positions. Fortunately for the Bears, the majority of his experience is at left guard, which became available Tuesday when Mike Martz confirmed that Frank Omiyale is moving to right tackle. Johnson may start right away ahead of the undersized Josh Beekman.

Backup plan: Georgia DT Geno Atkins

Round 5: No. 141

Kentucky CB Trevard Lindley (5-11, 183)

This is about the time when Jerry Angelo begins to gamble on high-upside players, and since Lindley was once considered a second-round talent before an injury-plagued senior season, he could be the next Zack Bowman. Opposite Charles Tillman, last season Bowman flashed the first-round ability scouts always knew he had, despite falling to Round 5 himself because he was banged up constantly. The Bears need depth at corner after axing Nathan Vasher.

Backup plan: Morehouse OT Ramon Harewood

Round 6: No. 181

Virginia DT Nate Collins (6-3, 246)

With so many teams moving to the 3-4 defense recently, the Bears may be able to find a quality prospect at three-technique tackle deeper in the draft than they would have five years ago. A late bloomer for the Cavaliers, Collins was a first-team All-ACC performer as a senior and may have his best football in front of him. With Israel Idonije switching from tackle to end, a backup is needed behind Tommie Harris because he can only handle so many snaps.

Backup plan: Virginia FB Rashawn Jackson

Round 7: No. 218

Baylor WR David Gettis (6-3, 217)

The Bears were fortunate to find a seventh rounder in last year's draft, Lance Louis, to stick on the 53-man roster. Since the receiver rotation is pretty much set for this season, it wouldn't hurt to stash a project like Gettis on the practice squad and see if he can develop for the future. With an enviable combination of size and speed at his disposal, if he ever learns how to run routes properly and catch the ball consistently, he could be a dangerous weapon.

Backup plan: Wisconsin FS Chris Maragos

JC's previous mock drafts for the Bears: Version 1.0 | Version 2.0 | Version 3.0


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